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23.03.2015
We are seeing a slow and steady rise in demand for diamond jewellery - Joy Alukkas
joy_alukkas_x.jpgJoy Alukkas, Chairman and MD of Joyalukkas Group set up his first shop in Abu Dhabi in 1987, which grew into a jewellery retail chain and continued expansion to countries like India, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Today, the Joyalukkas Group is involved in various businesses other than jewellery, which includes Money Exchange Centres, Luxury Aviation, Malls, Fashion & Silks and Realty. And, in a span of just two decades, the Group has grown into a multi-billion global conglomerate. In an interview with Rough & Polished, Joy Alukkas speaks about his dreams and plans for the future of Joyalukkas Group.

16.03.2015
There are immense potentialities in India for diamond mining - T. M. Babu
tirumala_babu_x.jpgDr. T. M. Babu is an exploration geologist with 40 years of worldwide experience investigating diamonds, gold, tin, platinum, copper, and other rare metals in many parts of the world. He was associated with the Government of India in the Planning Commission and the Geological Survey of India, United Nations Development Programme (USA), BRGM (France), Wardrop Engineering Inc. (Canada), Kyrgyzstan, Coronation International (UK) and several international organizations. He has authored many books related to metals and mining and continues to do so till date... Here, Dr. Babu shares his thoughts with Rough&Polished on his work in geology.

10.03.2015
In the diamond business, you are best served with a good measure of optimism, a long term view and lots of hard work
shmuel_schnitzer_preview.jpgThe Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) dates back to 1937 and is now the world’s largest diamond trading facility giving roof to approximately 3,500 members representing the whole gamut of businesses associated with the treasured mineral. The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the IDE and Russia’s ALROSA at the International Diamond Week in Israel blessed by Israel's President Reuven Rivlin may ginger up the bilateral turnover adding value to the economies of both countries. Shmuel Schnitzer, President of IDE, in his interview to Rough&Polished told about the role of the Israel Diamond Exchange and shared the latest data on the performance of the diamond industry in his country.





Belgium's Polished Exports +8%, Imports +28% in May

17.06.2013

Belgium's polished diamond exports rose 7.7 percent year on year in May to $1.271 billion, while the price per carat jumped 12.5 percent to $1,993, according to data collected by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre. However, polished diamond imports surged 27.9 percent to $1.314 billion, leaving Belgium with a net polished export deficit of $43 million compared with net exports worth $154 million in May 2012.
Rough imports fell 5.4 percent in May to $1.051 billion and rough exports increased 6.1 percent to $1.221 billion. The data resulted in a rough import deficit of $170 million during the month compared with a deficit of $40 million one year ago. Belgium's net diamond account for May, reflecting the net difference between exports and imports, plummeted to a deficit of $3 million compared with a surplus of $194 million one year ago.
During the first five months of 2013, Belgium has exported $5.778 billion worth of polished diamonds, up 1.4 percent year-on-year, while polished imports have fallen 2.3 percent to $5.542 billion. Net exports of polished diamonds totaled $236 million compared with only $24 million for the same period in 2012. Rough imports of $5.929 billion during the first five months reflected a 5.5 percent year on year increase, and yet rough exports have risen 6.3 percent to $6.333 billion, leaving an import deficit of $404 million compared with a deficit of $335 million.
Belgium's net diamond account for the January through May period improved 78.3 percent year on year to $640 million.

Alex Shishlo, Editor in Chief of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished

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